AKRON (June 6, 2005) — Goodyear and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. have named new executives to their business development and information technology departments.
Goodyear named Laura Thompson vice president of business development, effective June 1. In the post, she will be responsible for the company's acquisition, divestiture and partnership activities, the Akron tire maker said. Ms. Thompson previously served as director of business development for the company's North American Tire unit. She is a 21-year veteran of Goodyear.
Cooper has named Ronald Sawyer vice president, information technology. He will be responsible for the acquisition, development and deployment of Cooper's business applications and computing infrastructure.
Mr. Sawyer most recently served as manufacturing IT manager. He has worked at Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper since 1983.